[ A prayer that I received from someone who remembers me in prayer. I thought it will help everyone who is bound in captivity and to those who love them.]
Romans 7:14-25 (NIV)
14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am un-spiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[b] a slave to the law of sin.
Reflections of the Heart:
Sometimes, we experience things in life that grip us and won’t let us go. We submit to cravings and desires that, over time, dominate and control us. But, THANK God, there is a way out, and His Name is Jesus Christ!
Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus, the Name that is above all names. Thank You for giving us a greater power than anything that exists in this world. Thank You for never giving up on us, even when we fail time after time. You are so merciful and kind. We cannot live without You, Lord. We will praise You with our whole hearts. We will tell of the marvelous things You have done. We are filled with joy because of You, Most High, and we sing praises to Your Name! We know You to be a shelter for us when we are oppressed and troubled. You never abandon those who search for You. Lord, we love You. You are our strength. You are the Rock in whom we find PROTECTION and safety. Your Name is worthy of praise!
Faithful Father, it is not Your will for us to be lost and held captive by addictions to drugs, alcohol, sex, food, gambling, or any other vices. We decree that whoever the Son has set free is truly free. Therefore, we rebuke the spirit of addiction that seeks to destroy the lives of those within our Church Family, our personal families, and in our community. There is no other name that is powerful enough to SAVE our loved ones who are bound by addiction than the Name of Jesus. Father, we declare that we are the righteous, and our earnest prayers have great power, producing wonderful results. We decree that we will not waver and doubt when things seem to get worse instead of better. We know that You will respond to our faith. Therefore, we declare that we will not cease to pray until our loved ones who are bound by addiction are released and delivered. We confess that the mighty weapons that we use are able to knock down human reasoning and destroy every proud obstacle that keeps them from knowing You. We expect that Your Word, as it is spoken to them, will capture their rebellious thoughts and will teach them to obey Christ. We decree, in the Name of Jesus, that our homes, our families, and our communities are restored back to You!